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Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg Files For Bankruptcy

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Leigh Steinberg and former NFL quarterback Steve Young pose for a photo before the 19th Annual Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Bash during  the XXXIX Superbowl weekend on February 5, 2005. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Leigh Steinberg and former NFL quarterback Steve Young pose for a photo before the 19th Annual Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Bash during the XXXIX Superbowl weekend on February 5, 2005. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire” has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Court records show Leigh Steinberg’s attorney filed the Chapter 7 petition late Wednesday in federal bankruptcy court in Santa Ana. Details were not immediately available.

The filing comes after an Orange County Superior Court commissioner authorized a bench warrant for Steinberg last month after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt.

Court documents show a default judgment ordered Steinberg to pay the Irvine Co. for office space he leased in Newport Beach.

Steinberg has represented athletes including Troy Aikman and Oscar De La Hoya and was the inspiration for Tom Cruise’s character in 1996′s “Jerry Maguire.” The movie turned “Show me the money!” into an enduring catchphrase.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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